- The Washington Times - Monday, August 18, 2014

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, to launch into a Twitter rant against the United States for being a so-called enemy of human rights.

“Based on global statistics, US govt is the biggest violator of #HumanRights,” the Ayatollah’s official account tweeted to its 70,000 followers on Sunday. “Besides int’l crimes, it commits crimes against its ppl. #Ferguson

Riots, looting and unrest continue in Ferguson more than a week after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during an altercation on Aug. 9. The predominantly black community was placed under a curfew for the second night in a row Sunday as Gov. Jay Nixon ordered National Guard troops into the area.

“Today like previous years, African-Americans are still under pressure, oppressed and subjected to discrimination. #Ferguson,” Mr. Khamenei continued. “In 1992 a popular uprising protesting the blatant oppression of black ppl couldn’t be subdued by the police so #army got involved. #Ferguson

The Iranian leader then compared black residents in Ferguson to the 76 Branch Davidians who died in a fire during the 1993 Waco siege.

“During Clinton’s presidency, +80 Davidians including men, women & #children were burnt alive at a house. This is their #HumanRights! #Waco,” Mr. Khamenei wrote. “During Bush presidency, besides the bombs they dropped on #Afghan ppl, they created illegal prisons & massacred #prisoners without trials.”

Iran has continued the oppression of women, ethnic and religious minorities, free speech and members of the LGBT community. The United States has seen renewed calls for sanctions against Iranian leaders for human rights violations.

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